Henry: England role not a reality

New Zealand’s World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant England job.

Henry, who was tipped at 3/1 favourite to take over from Martin Johnson, said: ‘It’s not a reality. I live in New Zealand but I would like to try to get an association with a [European] club and make a difference.’

Henry, who resigned from the All Blacks’ job last month, said he would make a decision on his future in the next six months but is expected to stay in New Zealand in some sort of advisory capacity.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is now being tipped by insiders as the clear favourite for the job after coaching England’s second-string Saxons between 2006 and 2007 and winning 15 of his 16 matches.